SAARC Chamber Senior Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik has expressed the hope that the Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) will not only help Pakistan to boost its export but also explore new trade potential.

Iftikhar Ali Malik, in a statement, said that at this juncture, we are able to build on the historic relationship by encouraging investors on both sides to make use of the business and cooperation opportunities.

He also proposed having a dialogue with the business community in both the countries and make room for having more agreements to launch new initiatives.

He made it clear that Pakistan should take steps in direction of minimizing trade deficit between both the countries and focus on those items which would be exported to this brotherly Islamic country.

He said that imports from UAE to Pakistan increased last year from $6.62 billion to $7.23 billion whereas exports from Pakistan to UAE have decreased about 1.83 per cent from $1.08 billion to $1.06 billion.

The Senior VP SAARC Chamber further said traditional and historical relationship is the foundation of our future cooperation and both the countries initiated work on a framework to boost trade and investment and to avoid double taxation.

Appreciating Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sincere efforts to increase Pakistan’s export besides steering the country out of the current fiscal crisis, Iftikhar Ali Malik said the whole nation is standing with the Prime Minister at this crucial time and the business community will support him in his economic initiatives.

He said that its good omen that Prime Minister got excellent response during his maiden visits to China and Saudi Arabia. He said that entire business community had already reposed full confidence on the top leadership of PTI led government committed to quick uplift of the down trodden besides facilitating the traders for addressing their all genuine grievances on top priority.